Posts Tagged ‘Soul’

Urinating On The Game

December 14, 2010

I don’t care how many underage girls Kells pisses on, one thing that won’t ever change is that black people will always love and support him, period. R. Kelly completely shuts the place down. One of the best performances I’ve seen this year.

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A Take Away Show Feat. Aloe Blacc

November 14, 2010

This is amazing. That’s all there is to it. As far as what I like personally, this is hitting on so many levels. I’m just gonna let the video speak for itself. I posted the second part of this because I particularly like “You Make Me Smile” and the cover of my favorite Bill Withers song “Use Me Up”. Part One is just as good so please check it out for the full experience.

“I Wanna Be Your Mother And Your Sister Too…”

July 9, 2010

Prince, even though you hate the internet, just know that there is a small part of it that still loves you.

I ain’t got no money
I ain’t like those other guys you hang around
And it’s kinda funny
But they always seem to let you down
And I get discouraged
‘Cause I never see you anymore
And I need your love, babe yeah
That’s all I’m living for, yeah
I didn’t wanna pressure you, baby
But all I ever wanted to do
I wanna be your lover
I wanna be the only one that makes you come running
I wanna be your lover
I wanna turn you on, turn you out, all night long, make you shout
Ow, lover! Yeah
I wanna be the only one you come for
I wanna be your brother
I wanna be your mother and your sister, too
There ain’t no other
That can do the things that I’ll do to you
And I get discouraged
‘Cause you treat me just like a child
And they say I’m so shy, yeah
But with you I just go wild!
I didn’t wanna pressure you, baby.
But all I ever wanted to do
I wanna be your lover
I wanna be the only one that makes you come running
I wanna be your lover
I wanna turn you on, turn you out, all night long make you shout
Ow, lover! Yeah
I wanna be the only one you come for, yeah

I don’t know how long this video will be up so enjoy it while you can before the Purple Police comes and shuts it down.

“Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke & George Duke

May 16, 2010

On the short list of my favorite songs of all time, this one is the most likely to give the listener diabetes. You couldn’t tell by the look of the cover but this song is 100% sugary sweet. It’s the kind of song you would see compiled in one of those AM Gold collections they would sell on TV on some infomercial. I want to buy the actual LP of this just for the enlarged picture alone. Cause, I mean…..just look at it!

Look how cool those two motherfuckers are. It’s as if they’re saying: “Yeah, yeah we’re here. Can we get this goddamn photo shoot over with already? We got pussy to slay and cool music to play. Where are my goddamn cigarettes?”

“Sweet Baby” by Stanley Clarke & George Duke:

Sample Clearance: Weldon Irvine/Lupe Fiasco

May 15, 2010

“Morning Sunrise” by Weldon Irvine:

“Dear Fall” by Lupe Fiasco:

Oh and here’s Jay’s version “Dear Summer”. It actually preceded Lu’s version but for some stupid reason, I can’t get the file to play so I’m linking to it.

“Dear Summer” by Jay-Z:

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The King Is Dead

June 26, 2009

Michael

Growing up, Michael Jackson was my world. I loved him. Every song I memorized, every album I purchased, every video I dissected. I was a fanatic at age 7. He was for me, my introduction to MUSIC and my love for it ever since I owe solely to him. Shortly after I heard of his passing, my mom(not yet knowing of the bad news) called me for something completely unrelated. When I told her that Michael Jackson had died, she surprisingly responded, “Huh? Michael?!”. I replied “Yeah.” My mom in shock took a second to collect her thoughts and said, “He was your favorite. Do you remember?” I said, “I know Mom. I remember.” And even though I stopped caring about anything he’s done past Dangerous, to some part of me, he’ll always be my favorite.

Pay your respects, the King is dead.

Sample Clearance: Ohio Players/Jay-Z

May 12, 2009

Ohio Players Ecstasy

Reasonable Doubt Jay-Z

“Ecstacy” by Ohio Players:

“Brooklyns Finest” by Jay-Z Feat. The Notorious B.I.G.:

Slow Dance by Keri Hilson

May 9, 2009

Goddamn, I love this song. You know, sometimes it just feels like God is trying to tell me something. There are various ways that the almighty one makes his presence known to people. Sometimes he appears as a burning bush, sometimes through the shape of a potato chip(wait, that’s Jesus and/or The Virgin Mary). When he wants to contact me, it’s through music. I feel as if God used Keri Hilson as a vessel, his messenger if you will, and gave me this song as a gift and with it a message: “GO FOURTH MY SON. USE THIS AS INSPIRATION AND MAKE LOTS AND LOTS OF BABIES.” I’m gonna jump the gun here and crown this as my favorite song of 2009. Yup, it’s like that. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to do Gods bidding, I have much work ahead of me.*

“Slow Dance” by Keri Hilson:

“Talking with my fingertips, I got so much to say…”

Keri Hilson

*For the record, I’m more agnostic than anything else. All talk of God was simply a vehicle to progress this blog entry.

I-R-I-N-A

March 24, 2009

This and “Slow Dance” by Keri Hilson have been banging around my head for the last few days. I just can’t seem to shake them from my consciousness! Not that I’m complaining, both songs are incredibly dope. When I first heard “I-R-I-N-A” I didn’t know what the chorus meant. I thought maybe it was an acronym or something at first. I pulled up the video on Youtube and solved the mystery. Pretty cool story on how it actually came to fruition. Here’s Ryan Leslie in his own words breaking the whole thing down:

SONG:

I’ve spent the last 2 weekends shooting a crazy photo story for my single “Diamond Girl” starring Russian fashion model Irina Sheik. The concept required that we have some chemistry on set and since I speak very little Russian, I started singing this song and melody to break the ice and lighten up the vibe. By the end of the shoot, the boys on my staff suggested I lay it down, so here it is.”

VIDEO:

“A few months ago, I hired Guillaume Doubet, a talented young director from France to come and work on our video team. He came up with the concept to shoot this video at double speed so when we played it back in real-time, it would have the slow motion effect that you see. So – imagine dancing and singing this song at 2x the speed all in one continuous take – no edits. Watch closely, the end of the video where I walk off screen really gives it away. PLEASE NOTE: This means that the video was shot in exactly 113 seconds (or 1/2 the time it will take you to watch it)”


I-R-I-N-A

W-O-W.

Souled Out Sunday: Ex Factor

October 5, 2008

I adore this song. One of the few songs that really strikes an emotional chord with me. If Lauryn never makes another album again, I would be completely fine with it and satisfied with what I got. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is a an album of legendary proportions. She was(and still is if you ask me, listen to “How Many Mics?”) one of the fiercest female emcees to ever hold the mic. Someone who came from a successful hip hop group which sold millions world wide. She goes solo and releases a critically and commercially acclaimed debut album that won 5 Grammys. An album that was far from concocted for mass consumption. An album that was just as much hip hop as it was soul and R&B. An album which was at the time, the best encapsulation of every aspect of black music. To think this album has sold 20 million copies since it’s release is still so mind blowing to me. I remember a year after it came out I actually put it on my list of best hip hop albums of all time(it’s a prestigious list btw). It has since been dropped from it but that’s more due to other albums pushing it off than it declining in quality. I still find it just as genius as I ever did.

A black female who came from a hip hop group, who sung better than anyone and arguably rapped better than your favorite emcee, won 5 Grammys(nominated for 11), is married to and has 5 children with Rohan Marely, one of Bob Marely’s sons. I mean this is stuff of fucking legend here. Never will this story be repeated. Did she immediately follow up to bank on her success? Nope. She has yet to record a true follow up. Since then she has literally been under the radar, staying reclusive and raising her kids.

I’ve never heard a better song about breakup and the heartache that goes along with it. What puts this song over the top, for me at least, is the “Can It Be All So Simple?” sample by The Wu Tang Clan. She even starts the song with the line “it could all be so simple”, which I like to think is a definite nod of respect to the Staten Island collective.

“See I know what we’ve got to do. You let go…and I’ll let go too. Cause no one’s hurt me more than you, and no one ever will…”